The Nigerian Exchange Group Plc (NGX Group) has mourned the death of its Group Chairman, Mr Abimbola Ogunbanjo in a helicopter crash in the United States of America.
The NGX also commiserated with the family of the Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Access Holdings Plc, Dr Herbert Wigwe, who also died along with his wife and son in the same mishap.
Recall that Ogunbanjo, Wigwe, his wife, son, and two others died in a helicopter crash in California, U.S.A. on Feb. 9.
The Group Chairman of NGX Group, Alhaji Umaru Kwairanga, in a statement, expressed condolences to the families of the departed souls, describing their death as untimely.
Kwairanga said the late Ogunbanjo’s leadership had left an indelible mark on the company and the broader Nigerian financial community, noting that his legacy would continue to inspire the group.
The NGX group chairman stated that the late Wigwe also left an unblemished footprint in the group’s private sector.
“NGX Group is deeply saddened to acknowledge the tragic passing of our former chairman, Access Holdings Group CEO, Dr Wigwe, along with his wife and son, in a helicopter accident in the United States of America.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with their families during this difficult time. May their souls rest in peace and may the Almighty comfort their families,” he said.
Also, the NGX Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mr Temi Popoola, described the passing of Ogunbanjo as a profound loss to the group and the entire Nigerian private sector.
Popoola said that the late Ogunbanjo played a crucial role in shaping the conglomerate.
According to him, while the late NGX Group chairman will be sorely missed, his visionary leadership and impact will never be forgotten.
He also described the death of Wigwe, his wife, and his son in the helicopter accident as heartbreaking.
Popoola said that the contributions of the two respected leaders to the financial markets and the overall private sector would continue to be remembered.
“We are committed to preserving their legacies by upholding the principles of leadership, innovation, and dedication that they exemplified,” he said.